Family Headstones and Grave Yards
A headstone, tombstone or gravestone is a marker, normally carved from stone, placed over or next to the site of a burial in a cemetery or elsewhere.
Originally graves in the 1700s also contained footstones to demarcate the foot end of the grave. Footstones were rarely carved with more than the deceased's initials and year of death, and many cemeteries and churchyards have removed them to make cutting the grass easier.
The names of relatives are often added to a gravestone over the years, so that one marker may chronicle the passing of an entire family spread over decades.
Visiting grave yards and examining the markers on headstones can provide important information for genealogical research.